Rosetti Square

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  • Day26

    Bucharest backstreets

    June 11, 2019 in Romania โ‹… โ›… 25 ยฐC

    We spent the day walking the backstreets in the south of the city, discovering more great street art, parks, palaces, churches and abandoned buildings. And finding caches of course (including a First to Find on a newly published cache).

    We had a coffee break in a cafe opposite what was to be the Academy of Art and Literature, which was under construction before it was abandoned in 1989. New apartments now adjoin it on both sides.

    We also visited Xenofon Street, a narrow street of steps that was one of the most visited streets in Bucharest because of the painted waterfall cascading from top to bottom. It is now in such a state of decay that it is barely recognisable - we were there in search of a cache, but we chatted to an American tourist who made a special trip across town to see it! She was so disappointed! You can see what it used to look like at
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  • Day25

    Back to Bucharest

    June 10, 2019 in Romania โ‹… โ›… 27 ยฐC

    It's the final day of our Romania tour, so we departed Curtea de Arges at 9am in order to arrive in Bucharest around lunch and avoid the afternoon traffic.

    Gabriel dropped us at our hotel in the city centre, and we went for a walk in search of lunch and caches. We found the former at a lunch bar packed with locals, so we figured it must be good. We took ours to the park and enjoyed it amongst the pigeons and a team of gardeners sprucing up the park ready for summer.

    The caching took us to the Holocaust Memorial, commemorating the lives of Romanian Jews who died in the Holocaust, and acknowledges Romania's role.

    There are numerous abandoned buildings across town, the two most striking occupy an entire city block and were under construction when Communism ceased, and haven't been touched since 1989.

    Dinner was at the oldest beer house in Bucharest, Caru cu Bere, which has at least 100 tables and was booked out later in the evening (Romanians generally eat tea from 8pm, so we could have a table for 1 hour). It has a striking wood and stained glass interior and is popular with tourists and locals alike... the Communist style service fell somewhere between amusing and offensive - perhaps that's part of it's attraction!
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  • Day183


    October 3, 2017 in Romania โ‹… โ˜€๏ธ 18 ยฐC

    4am alarm and taxi man arrived at 4:30. It was a fancy pants taxi. No wonder it was so expensive.
    He got us there so early the airport wasn't even open.
    At about 5 they opened the door - you needed your passport and plane ticket just to enter the airport.
    We checked in no issues and went through to our gate.
    Wait wait wait - got on the plane.
    It's a 3 hour journey to Paris.
    Sooooo tired. How tired? I COULDNT REMEMBER WHERE TO PUT THE TOIELT PAPER AFTER I WIPED - I actually stood up to look for a bin before I turned around, saw the toilet and remembered it goes in the bowl.

    When we rocked up to Paris I was surprised by how many Air France planes were there.
    We were in France... ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ

    When going through the french customs they got cross because I didn't take my kindle out of my bag.
    I have never had to take it out this whole trip.
    Whatever I got through โœŒ๐Ÿผ

    We had to run and barely made it to our next plane.

    Some dude was in my window seat and I wasn't about to give that up lol
    I told him it was my seat but he didn't really understand so I got the worker to tell him in french - he moved :)

    I slept a good chuck of the journey - its 3hrs as well. On Both planes we were given food plates. Not the best but semi passable.

    Arrived in Romania and it was chaos. No organization at all !! No lines, just clumps of people trying to get through customs.
    I actually got a well inked stamp for a change woo!

    And so began today's little drama... ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ

    Our luggage didn't make it onto the flight and is still in France.

    Off we went to make a luggage claim.

    There was another dude who came from Morocco- his bag didn't make it either.

    We had to answer the most ridiculous questions.
    The dude did not understand how much stuff is in our bag - he was like describe the items inside , ermmmmm???
    I think the name tag on my bag, travel strap they out on with the code and description of my colour compartment bag things inside are going to be more helpful in identifying my bag that "inside is a blue shirt"............ oh! And a green shirt..........
    They will take 1 - 2 days to get to Romania. As compensation they have given us a white shirt ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ
    Good job guys ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
    They will drive them out to us for free but there may be an issue with phones and contacting us to let us know they are coming - will sort it tomorrow. If we must I'll just go back to the airport to get them.

    We left the airport with just our backpacks and got in a cab - he was honest and we didn't even need to ask him to put the meter on.
    It took 45 mins to get there - lucky it goes off distance and not time.

    Our Bnb dude was outside and waiting for us and took us up to the apartment.
    It's so nice ๐Ÿ˜ญ YAY PRIVATE SPACE!

    We chilled for a bit then walked to get groceries.
    It was normal, rather than cheap prices.
    Came home and made nachos. We would have gone with tacos but couldn't find shells.

    The shower pressure is shit but other than that I'm very happy here.

    Romania is lovely so far. YAY EASTERN EUROPE

    We are watching nat geo wild :)

    Oh with our free shirt we also got some comforting cream (๐Ÿ˜‚)inside our pencil case bag ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ
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  • Day186


    October 6, 2017 in Romania โ‹… โ›… 16 ยฐC

    Woke up to the front door opening lol
    Some lady popped her head in then panicked and said "sorry housekeeping" then quickly left.
    We were like ehhhhh ok? Lol

    Woke up - nearly 1 hehehheeh
    I emailed dad to organised Skype for the following day and he actually replied ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    We were able to organise a skype date then and there ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ mum was high and probably won't remember though...
    had to hang up because time was moving fast and our tour was starting in an hour and we hadn't looked up where to go.
    Pretty easy - straight down the road for 1km
    We were the first there but the guide was waiting.
    She had great English #winning

    Waited for everyone then we started...
    First stop was 30 meters away from the fountain we started at - she pointed down the boulevard to point out parliment.
    Parliament is Bucharests biggest attraction. It is the 2nd biggest building in the world coming in behind the pentagon.
    It already looks freaking massive but It also goes 90m below the surface. Apparently top gear did an episode racing through their tunnels hahah

    They had a dictator and he is the one who built the building and the surrounding boulevard. He was sentenced to death after being a dick.
    ๐Ÿ˜† my enthusiasm on documenting every bit of history through this is fading ..... go google the dictator because it is interesting. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    Apparently a lot a lot a lot of artists come do concerts and call them Budapest and it pisses them off hahah

    We then walked to a church where people got crowned. Romania had 3 sections and this was for what sounded like the Velakia section.
    There was also a white building behind us that is now a resturant where some document got signed - emancipation from the Ottoman Empire maybe?
    She dumped so much info and didn't always clarify things so not sure.
    She had lots of great picture cards showing us the things she taught.
    Like what things use to look like etc.

    Next was a statue of Vlad the impaler. This history lesson I found to be the most interesting. Despite him being aweful they still view him as their forefather - a letter from him to someone is the first record which mentions Bucharest "he signed our birth certificate"
    He impaled a lot of people... such a horrendous way to die. Could take 48 hours.
    He lined the streets with 200 men as a warning to the bigger army approaching.
    What a loon.

    We then went to the museum and posed in front of a statue that everyone hates. It was silly but I kinda liked it lol. It's a man holding a dog with big boobs.
    Nearby was the palace of bank which was a lovely building.
    Another Aussie dude was on our tour and we chatted to him at our mid tour break at GLORIA JEANS ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญโค๏ธโค๏ธ I was so excited. Starbucks sucks.

    Next was a little monastery. Goodness me churches are much more beautiful than mosques.
    When the dictator dude built the boulevard 40 churches were destroyed. Some of the remains were in the courtyard.
    8 of the churches were saved and literally moved on a cart and tracks.
    Next we walked to the university square where she talked about communism and the communist dude again 1984-89.
    Lots of people have died in the square - it was and still is used for protests.
    We were gonna give 30 Lei but the people before me all gave 10 so I kept the extra 20 hahaha so all up we have about $3 ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฟ

    Our house is really close to the university square so we walked home - I have about 2 weeks of a plumbing block to relieve- and so I did โœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿผ
    We went out for dinner then came back home - we watched game of thrones and did some base planning for our Romanian plans.
    Just relaxing and it's great.
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  • Day186


    October 6, 2017 in Romania โ‹… โ›… 23 ยฐC

    Still coughing ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

    We did a load of washing yesterday and they had all dried - Will has realized he has lost another 2 shirts though ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ
    Got ready and headed towards the Parliament.
    It is bloody big. I knew it was gonna be but still impressive. It was modern as well and clean looking.
    โœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธ alright next.
    Onto the national museum.
    It cost $3 to enter ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
    The first floor was crappy. I don't know what it was... it was modern but not in English and didn't really have anything? It was like a building model?
    2nd room was eh. Just lots of old Roman stuff that is everywhere around Europe..
    the 3rd but was awesome though.
    In the center of the museum was the biggest column I have ever seen.
    This column though... omg. It's like 5 times as thick as one from the Parthenon.
    Due to the lack of English I don't know anything about it other than it's the Trajan column. I think the original is is Rome though. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
    Idk ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think the purpose of the display was to look at all the friezes. Very detailed.
    The next section you couldn't take photos and it was all the gold and royal stuff. Probably my favourite jewelry section of a museum we have been to.
    The necklaces and crowns were hectic. You could see some of the age though they look a little mushed. The crowns looked fake.
    We left then headed home because shock horror Will had to poop.
    We got there and he didn't need to any more ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜– freaking honestly. ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’
    We chilled out because it was really hot outside. I looked more closely into how we were gonna get the train tomorrow night and what we were going to do with our bags all day because we have to check out at 12.
    We are gonna try get lockers at the station when we buy tickets. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ
    I fell asleep. Lol - Will woke me up and we went to dinner at a resturant that we walked past on our tour and was recommended.
    It was really good actually. It was only $50 all up and we bought the whole shop.
    We had 1 Pepsi, 2 beers, 1 entree, 2 mains, 1 dessert and 2 shots of Visinata which is a Romanian sour cherry alcohol.
    I got the lamb stew which was delicious- I also had the pavlova and was so excited about it but it was crap ๐Ÿ˜ž not like home.
    After we left and went walking for Will to find a dessert place because I jumped the gun when ordering my Pavlova (he never gets dessert so I assumed he didn't want any) - he got a scoop of ice cream and a Croissant.
    We then went to a bookshop that was supposedly lovely and again recommended on our tour.
    While it was cool, I don't think it's exactly the city's top attraction..
    Walked back home.
    We renewed our workaway subscription (30€๐Ÿ˜’) then I browsed while Will napped. I soon fell asleep too ๐Ÿ™Š
    I woke up before he did and semi packed. I got the. Ew load of washing out to dry.
    I was really thirsty so we went to buy a drink. We accidentally bought soda water not regular which is a real bummer. We have done it so many times this trip. Boo hiss.
    Home now. Will is going through the workaways I found.

    I have decided I can now figure out if I am tired on not by noting if my feet are hyper sensitive to the blanket. Rubbing them back and forth is so comforting- it means nap time ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    Our toilet smells. Well maybe not even the toilet? We aren't sure - maybe just the water system in general because it does keep squeaking.

    My hair is atrocious but the water pressure is crap so I don't want to wash it.

    I'm keen for the ridiculous train ride tomorrow night!

    I've liked Bucharest. Claps for Romania. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
    It's far more modern than I expected and not a single gypsie in sight lol.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Rosetti Square, Piaศ›a C. A. Rosetti